Bhopal, Sep 3 : The goings-on underway for the past few days with regard to the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President’s position hitherto held by Chief Minister Kamal Nath have come to the fore even as statements by ministers and other leaders hurled the party into hardship.
Forest Minister Umang Singhar – a tribal bigwig considered close to erstwhile central minister Jyotiraditya Scindia – opened a front against Rajya Sabha Member-cum-ex-chief minister Digvijaya Singh. A communication – ‘penned’ by Mr Singhar and concerning Mr Singh – was dispatched to Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi and went viral on social media on Monday. Interestingly, the document does not bear the Minister’s signature. However, while interacting with journalists on Tuesday, Mr Singhar clearly stated that he wrote the letter.
The Minister, who seems to have girded up his loins for an all-out struggle against Mr Singh, again levelled a volley of accusations against the latter. Meanwhile, Public Relations Minister PC Sharma – believed to be Mr Singh’s supporter – alleged that Mr Singhar was in the race for the Congress state head’s post and that was the basis behind his words.
In Gwalior, Mr Scindia’s adherent and Women and Child Development Minister Imarti Devi averred, “We are determined to see Mr Scindia in the saddle provided the Maharaj does not backtrack.” Mr Scindia reached Gwalior for a two-day visit and hundreds of his supporters are present at that divisional headquarters.
Erstwhile Union minister and the MPCC’s former commander Arun Yadav said that he is “extremely hurt” by the latest sequence of events.
“Subsequent to struggling shoulder-to-shoulder with honest party members for one-and-a-half-decades, the situations that came to the fore over the past eight months pained me immensely. If I had any inkling whatsoever that all this would take place then I might not have endangered my life combating a venomous and corrupt ideology,” he conveyed via social media where he posted photographs of demonstrations – in his then capacity as Congress state boss – against the predecessor dispensation.
When asked about the developments, Congress state Media In-charge Shobha Ojha said, “The party is an organisation that follows a democratic system where various leaders and workers may freely speak their mind. There could be differences of opinion but everyone is united under the Chief Minister’s leadership. It is hoped that everything shall be fine in a day or so.” (UNI)